Hurricane Earl’s track on Wednesday takes it east of the Bahamas before it begins barreling northwestward along the U.S. East Coast. Reports from Eleuthera in the Bahamas Out Islands indicate blustery winds, overcast skies and high surf.
Meanwhile, islands already visited by Earl are in cleanup mode. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility will make a $4 million payout to the government of Anguilla for damage earlier this week from the storm.
The airport there remains closed. Earl blew the roofs off buildings and downed many power lines. Severe beach erosion and flooding also have impacted the island, according to the CCRIF.
Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis, also covered by CCRIF policies, were less affected.
More cruise ships are altering their courses today.
Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas could not call at CoCo Bay in the Bahamas on Tuesday but instead sailed directly to Nassau where it remains until midnight tonight.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel skipped a call at the line’s Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas on Tuesday and docked early in Nassau, where it may depart today.
Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas extended its port call in Key West, Fla. until this morning. It will spend the rest of the day at sea before calling on Nassau on Thursday.
The Carnival Victory replaced Tuesday’s call in Dominica with a stop in St. Lucia. The ship will visit Dominica on Thursday, having already canceled a port call planned for St. Maarten later in the week.
The Carnival Pride, which left Baltimore last Sunday, is skipping a call in Grand Turk today and visiting Port Canaveral, Fla., instead.
Itinerary changes this week have affected the vacation plans of more than 30,000 cruise passengers, according to CruiseCritic.
St. Maarten reported no extensive damages or loss of life following Earl’s visit on Monday. Princess Juliana Airport has no damage and expects to reopen shortly, according to the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.
Crews are working to restore overhead power lines and remove debris from the boardwalk area in Philipsburg. The port area remains closed until all assessments are completed.
Hotels are intact with no major damage other than minor water problems, according to the tourist bureau.
Airports and seaports have reopened in St. Croix and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, telephone service has been restored to most areas and cell service also is available, according to the Department of Tourism.
“There are no reports of structural damage and no loss of life or injury. Our assessment of hotels so far indicates no major damage, and hoteliers are in the process of removing debris,” said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of tourism.
All roads have been cleared on St. Croix, and all roads on St. John and St. Thomas are passable. Power has been restored to several areas, as well.
St. Kitts sustained only minimal damage from Earl. Minister of Tourism Ricky Skerritt said that the airport and the Port Zante cruise pier reopened on Tuesday, all power has been restored and the beaches are in good condition.
“There has been no significant damage to hotels and all are open for business. One of our leading restaurants, Marshall’s, had wind and water damage and is temporarily closed for repairs. The owner is taking this opportunity to make significant improvements to the venue for the winter season,” Skerritt said.
In Puerto Rico, nearly 187,000 people were without power and another 60,000 without water on Tuesday, according to Gov. Luis Fortuno. More than a dozen roads along the north coast remained closed as crews removed trees and downed power lines.
The airport in San Juan is open and reporting no major delays.
Tropical Storm Fiona, meanwhile, gained a little strength as it headed toward the northern Leeward Islands late Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
Warnings and watches were posted for St. Martin, St. Barts, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and Statia.
Forecasters said Fiona could dump between one and three inches of rain on the islands, with up to five inches possible in some areas.